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View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
First of all, it says here that about half of the front lawn will remain in place to allow public access and activities during the project. Obviously, the upcoming Canada Day celebrations will be the last to be held on the Hill for a while - you are all invited to come, by the way - because they take up a lot of space.
It seems that we will still be able to hold activities in the remaining space. How many people, approximately, can this space accommodate? What type of activities will be possible?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
I guess we can have that list of the plans...?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
My next question is about the palisade on the site, which looks pretty, from what I see. Have you consulted with the Mayor of Ottawa or Ottawa Tourism about this palisade, which does have a significant visual effect?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
You are saying that most stakeholders and people who are concerned, like the mayor and others, would be comfortable with one of the concepts. Okay. Thank you.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you very much, Mr. Paquette. It's a pleasure to see you again.
I tried everything I could to get away from this place, but I'm back.
You say that you provide money to other departments. Is that correct? Does that explain part of the increases? Will the recovery of those funds be faster in that case?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
What kinds of services do you provide?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
That was budgeted, and the money has come in.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay.
I haven't been here in a while. Are there still collective agreement negotiations that could have an impact on the increases requested in the coming years?
I will also put my last question to you right away. I presume that this report will become public at some point. If so, when will it be made public?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
When will the report be made public?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
I was talking about this report, the year-end financial report.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay.
Thank you.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
I just have two general questions.
You said you have looked at what is being done elsewhere in other parliaments.
Can you tell me which ones? I assume they are mostly parliaments of industrialized countries?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Have you seen any cases where non-attendance is allowed for paternity, for a period of time?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
How much time were they given?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
That could be the case.
I want to bring up a very rare hypothetical case. What would happen if a member became a parent one month before the end of their term?
That individual would not run in the election and would not return afterwards.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Let's say we are talking about four months. That individual becomes a father or a mother one month before the end of the electoral term. They would not return afterwards.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
It would strictly concern sitting days. Okay.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I would like to thank Mr. Patrice and Mr. Aubé for their hard work. I think this is a time when we're all kind of singing with the same voice. I think we're all in agreement that the transition, the move here, went very well. There were some growing pains, and it took us all a while to figure out where to go, where the bathrooms were and where the committees were. Sometimes I don't get lost, but I have to make sure that I'm heading in the right direction.
I just want to thank you for all your hard work and the fact that we were able to get back here fast after the break. I think we all really appreciated it. Also, on the pace with which you moved to resolve some of the concerns we did have, I want to say thank you for that, too.
I agree that there needs to be a working group that works with MPs, because who knows who's going to be here after October. I think it's important, because this is our workplace, that it does fit and it does work for us, and obviously for Canadians and people who come from around the world to see our Parliament.
One concern that I do have—and I think there was a story in the CBC—is about the interpreters and the sound acoustic shocks that some of the people working on the Hill have suffered. I think we're all very thankful for and very aware of the important work that our interpreters do, so we have to make sure, on Parliament Hill and in committees, that when there are phone conferences, our interpreters are protected and have the proper equipment to make sure the acoustic shocks are being limited.
I don't know if this is the place to do it, but I think we need to have some information about that, about what kind of work progress has been done. I don't know if this is the forum for it or not, but I think it's important that we get an update to make sure that these people are being protected.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
As I understand it, the equipment that we have right now in West Block, in the new committee rooms and the House of Commons, will all have to be replaced.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
So all the stations have this new technology that limits—
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay. Sometimes it does happen to us when we're in the House. Somebody gets up for a question or a speech, and I think they put their—
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
It's the feedback, and that kind of hits us. I know there's one case that you guys are aware of, and I think that was made public, but I think there might be possibilities of other cases where people who have been working in this type of environment for 10, 15 or 20 years have come to deal with certain health issues over the years.
Would it be of importance that, if interpreters have concerns, they do come forward and raise them?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I would like to thank Mr. Giroux and Mr. Paquette for their presentation.
I would like to say that the comments that I have gotten back from my constituents, after we went to colour, have been very positive. I think people appreciate getting news from their members of Parliament, and I think the way we're doing it is a lot more interesting to them.
Given the concerns raised by Candice and Mark, I don't know if there's an appetite from other members of the committee to see what it would be like to review some of the ten percenters or householders that have been refused, or ads that have been refused. I don't know if that is a possibility. I don't know what a review would look like. I don't know if there's an appetite from other members to look into this. I think this happens frequently. It hasn't been a big concern for our caucus. I don't know if there's an appetite from members of the board to look at this. I would like some more information, maybe some feedback, if a review is requested, on what that could look like.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
I'd like to thank Monsieur Parent and Madame Daigle for the presentation.
At first blush when looking at this, it made me think back to when I came into office in 2011. It was a whirlwind getting to the Hill, walking up, being in the House of Commons for the first time and then all the training. As soon as you're elected, you want to learn what your job in Ottawa is and get set up as fast as possible back in your constituency. I can't remember anything that happened orientation-wise, because I was just trying to get as much done as possible.
It's important to make sure that we evaluate the needs of members and make sure that if we do go ahead with new HR services and programs, they address the needs of members of Parliament. When I found out that there was this recruitment system being proposed and that recruitment services have been offered to certain MPs, I just wondered if that kind of blurs the line between House administration and MPs' duties and responsibilities.
I was wondering if there are any risks that could arise in a situation in which the House administration does recruitment, interviews and background checks. If something were missed, could that cause a problem? What kind of recourse would there be for MPs who use this recruitment system? For us, it's a little bit different. We have a collective agreement; we're unionized.
This is a good idea, but I think what we really need to do is talk to MPs and maybe go back to whips to see what other kinds of services would be needed.
I'm happy that we're talking about health and safety, but I think we also need to make sure that we have enough information about mental health for our offices and make sure that MPs know what kind of supports are available for staff.
This is really interesting. I'm for this, but I'm just worried. I think we need a little bit more information. As was mentioned, once the recruitment services were offered to one member, it snowballed, and other MPs found out about it.
I'd never heard of this being offered until we had a briefing about it. Given the fact that we're only going to have eight senior consultants and then 10 program and services representatives in the HR department, I'm just wondering if that's going to be enough, because it seems they are going to have a lot of work to do.
Those are my concerns around this.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
It really wasn't an urgent question. I was just going to ask about the life cycle of computers. We don't really have to go there.
I had some questions more around what happens when we do replace computers. Do they get cleaned up, wiped and resold? I'm thinking how this plays out environmentally.
I'm all for adopting this plan. I think it's great that we can connect the Hill and our constituencies, but there's a problem in the rural ridings. I represent a rural riding, and I'm sure a lot of colleagues have the same problem: Internet is a big issue. When they installed the new computers as part of the pilot project, it was delayed because they had to fix something with the Internet, and bring in a box and extra specialists.
I would like some more information around the environment and how the government is working to make sure that we respect that. That's my big question.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
I have companies in my riding that do recycling of computers.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
I'm very interested in how those things are recycled.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
I'm sorry. We adopted the report, right?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
You should ask the question.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Paquette, it's always a pleasure to see you.
That sounds pretty standard. I just have one quick question. How does the current carry-forward compare to last year? I assume this also includes the 5% of members' office budgets that have not been spent and are carried forward. Is that correct?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay, thank you.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to the witnesses for being here.
I look at the pictures and I think it's beautiful. It will be really beautiful.
I'm wondering about the impact of all this on the visits, particularly by students. This is an important part of their education. If I understand correctly, visits will no longer be possible when the House is in session. Is that correct?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Do you have any idea how many visits that take place while the House is sitting compared to when it is not sitting?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay. There will therefore be many more visits during adjournment periods, when we are in our ridings.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
How many seats will there be in the galleries compared to the current number?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Chair.
I would like to thank
Ms. MacLeod and Mr. Morin for their presentations today.
I know for members of Parliament, the work we do in the House of Commons is very, very important, but I think we are ever so proud when we can have our constituents and especially youth come up and see us work in the galleries or at committee. I know there's a 40% reduction in the number of seats in the new House of Commons we'll be moving to at a date we'll determine later on, but I think what is important, also, is the accessibility. Right now, if you're in a wheelchair, getting access to the chamber or galleries is very difficult or not possible at all.
Could you maybe explain how there will be limited seats but how it will be more accessible to Canadians?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Approximately how many people come to the galleries yearly? Is that something we keep track of? When we're in the House, we often look up, and they are full during question period, but for other debates, they're not.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Perfect.
Thank you very much.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Good afternoon, everyone.
Personally, I see this rather as a progressive move that is starting now.
I have had the opportunity to visit the offices that are available now, three or four times. We were there together last week. We made a plan for the move and it should start now. I assume that everyone is going to do the same thing.
For example, we know that there are 11 members and eight ministers here. As for the 11 members, we have already decided which offices they will occupy. The same goes for the ministers. It’s all ready now and we are waiting for the offices that we visited to be renovated.
For me, the move starts now and finishes when the rest of the Centre Block moves. This is a responsible and realistic process that is saving a lot of money in this case. After the summer, no one will be left here. We will all have moved, except the officials.
Are there other services that could also be moved in the meantime? I have no idea, but it could be printing services, for example. However, other things can also be done progressively so that we end up—
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay, thank you.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for your presentation and your recommendation.
I wanted to know more about training. We have amazing security guards on the Hill, and we have the RCMP on the outside. This is a gradual move that we'll be starting over the summer, so could you maybe explain a little bit more about the training that would go on? How would the PPS be able to get into the building and start making sure they're ready for December and January?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
In the new building we have 300-and-some cameras. How many security cameras do we have in this building?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay.
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
No, no; sorry.
I want to talk about sitting late, at this time of year, at the end of session. One area where we've seen changes over the last few years is in the number of younger parents in the House of Commons. I know that this building is going to have a room dedicated to parents, with change tables and bathrooms. Is that something that will be happening?
View Ruth Ellen Brosseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Parent.
Mr. Speaker, as whip, I have the privilege of working with Mr. Parent on a very regular basis. He and his team provide us with excellent service, particularly in the case of the training that was taken by all MPs and ministers, including the Prime Minister.
Mr. Parent, the #MeToo movement has brought about a structural change, which was needed and which shook things up in many respects. How did you greet this impact? How does it translate into the way people approach you or use your services? How have things changed?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay. So there is a definite benefit to the proactive aspect of things. People are learning and better informed. They are also able to act earlier, which is very good.
Thank you.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
First of all, I have a comment, and then, a very brief question.
My comment is more along the lines of praise, because I wish to thank you, Mr. Paquette and Mr. Fernandez, as well as your team. I think that you have managed to assess the members' needs in terms of their families, generally speaking, because we are all members, and we all have families. You have also managed to assess our needs as parliamentarians, in terms of travel. On behalf of the members and ministers of the Liberal caucus, I wish to acknowledge your sensitivity to these issues, and thank you for it.
My question is very brief. It only concerns the last part of your presentation, since I think we all agree on the first part.
When you set a date for members to submit all of their receipts and claims, do many members submit them only after the financial year is over? Do many of them still have unsubmitted claims at that time, and end up paying their expenditures out of pocket? Is this rather uncommon?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
How do we take a change of mandate during the year into account? When there is a change in officers of the House, how are the expenditures accounted for?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
So, the expenditures are charged to the person in office?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
In any given year's report, there can be two chief government whips.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
How is it different from a member's expenditures report?
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
So, all expenditures, without exception, are charged to the officers. For example, if the chief of staff or those organizing a special caucus make expenditures, these expenditures will be listed under the officers' name.
View Pablo Rodriguez Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay, thank you.
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